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- Siobhan Máire Deirdre Fahey
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Fahey was born the eldest of three daughters (Maire and Niamh being the other siblings) to Helen and Joseph Fahey in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, (her parents had both come from Co Tipperary). Fahey lived in Dublin for about two years, before her family moved to Yorkshire, United Kingdom where her father Joseph was posted as a soldier in the British Army. The family subsequently moved to Germany, then returned to the U.K. where Fahey was sent to a convent school in Edinburgh, Scotland and attended schools in Stroud, Gloucester and Kent in England. When she was fourteen she and her family moved to Hertfordshire, and two years later she left home for London and became involved in the punk scene of the late 1970s.
There she took a course in fashion journalism where she met Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward, and with the help of Sex Pistol Paul Cook, the trio formed Bananarama. She helped to co-write many of the group's international hits, including "Cruel Summer", "Robert DeNiro's Waiting", "I Heard a Rumour", and "Love in the First Degree".
In the lavish, star studded surroundings of a French Chateau, Fahey married Dave Stewart of Eurythmics in 1987. The couple had two sons, Sam and Django, before splitting up in 1996. Prior to her marriage to Stewart, Fahey was romantically involved with Jim Reilly, the drummer for the Northern Irish punk rock band Stiff Little Fingers and Scottish singer Bobby Bluebell of The Bluebells, with whom she co-wrote the UK #1 pop song "Young At Heart".
In 1988, frustrated with the direction she felt Bananarama were heading, Fahey left the group and formed the critically-acclaimed Shakespears Sister. Initially, Fahey effectively was Shakespears Sister, though American singer/songwriter Marcella Detroit later became an official member making the outfit a duo. The band was nominated for numerous awards and showed a darker, more sophisticated side to Fahey, who often appeared in the band's music videos and on-stage as a vampish glam figure. However, the duo were not without a sense of humour and this was highlighted in the videos for their second album Hormonally Yours, in which they spoofed classic melodramas such as Sunset Boulevard and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, using the theme of dramatic rivalry for many of their subsequent videos. Ironically, tensions then began to rise between the pair in real life and Hormonally Yours was their last album together.
In 1993 Fahey admitted herself into a psychiatric unit with severe depression. This was just after The Bluebells had a UK number one hit with a re-release of their 1993 recording of "Young at Heart", a song Fahey co-wrote with then boyfriend, Robert Hodgens (aka Bobby Bluebell) and recorded with Bananarama for their debut album Deep Sea Skiving.
In 1994 Fahey portrayed a fan-dancer in the art-house made-for-television film Jiggery Pokery directed by her videographer/photographer friend Sophie Muller.
In 1996, Fahey started playing a series of low key 'rehearsal' type gigs around her native Ireland. In June of that year, London records released "I Can Drive", the first single from Shakespears Sister's third album, which was her first record since her split with Marcella Detroit. The single performed disappointingly (UK number 30) and later London Records refused to release the album (allegedly due to management changes, though some believed it was more due to the relative failure of the single and their lack of confidence in the album's commercial ability). Following this, Fahey left the label rather than make the album palatable for them. After a lengthy battle of many years with the label, Fahey finally released Shakespears Sister #3 independently through her website in 2004.
In 1997 Fahey appeared opposite Martin Dunne in the Irish short film Pinned. She also briefly re-joined Bananarama in 1998 to record "Waterloo for the Channel 4 Eurovision special A Song for Eurotrash. The song proved popular, winning the public vote for best song at the conclusion of the program.
Fahey again joined Bananarama in 2002 for a "last ever" reunion at the band's twentieth anniversary concert at G-A-Y in London. In front of 3000 fans she joined Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin to perform "Venus" and "Waterloo".
Fahey continued to make music into the new millennium. She had an active website (incorporating a message board, online shop, etc) from 2002 until July 2007. Currently the website does have a blog section, although this is rarely updated by Fahey.
In 2006, Fahey's website stated that she had been writing for other people; these include (former Sugababe) Siobhán Donaghy and Kylie Minogue, though neither of these endevours made it to the final cut.
In 2005 Fahey independently released The MGA Sessions, an album recorded with frequent collaborator Sophie Muller in the mid-1990s. The music was recorded for a film which ultimately was never made. Only 1000 copies of this release were pressed. Fahey's most recent single, "Bad Blood", was released on October 17, 2005.
Fahey's track "Bitter Pill" was partially covered by pop band The Pussycat Dolls in their 2005 debut album PCD. The verses (which were slightly altered) and the overall sound of the song are from "Bitter Pill", but added in was the chorus of Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff". The song was renamed "Hot Stuff (I Want You Back)" and a remix was included as a B side to one of their hit singles.
Fahey has written and recorded an album, which has yet to get a release. She addressed it on her official MySpace page on February 27, 2008.
On Nov 13th 2008, Fahey performed at the Pirate Provocateur Extravaganza launch party for the new Agent Provocateur Winter collection, and for the release of Dirty Stop Out's new album 'Cuntro Classics' at KOKO in London, England.